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The Nation Special Issue

Local pavilion-manufacturer Sala-Tanum never knew that technology could dramatically help it develop and produce better wooden pavilion products until three years ago when the company adopted new technology in its manufacturing process.

Receiving technology transfer from German experts under the National Science and Technology Development Agency's industrial consulting program, the company, with Bt 1 million in registered capital, which produces ready-made pavilions for both domestic and international markets, was encouraged by a new manufacturing technique which reduced errors in wood-cutting during the production process.

Unpredictable miscalculation of row materials was a major problem, causing the company to shoulder unnecessary coats, but with the adoption of new computer technology, the company found that it could shave at least 20 per cent off its production expenses.

Computers have been applied to the pavilion design process. Not only does the new system design a variety of pavilions, it also calculates how much wood is needed for each design and then computes the shape of each part of the pavilion to make the most efficient use of materials before using them in production.

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After facing errors and miscalculations in wood-cutting, the company can now calculate the use of raw materials with more accuracy and efficiency, said the company's architect Chanin Trisuriyatumma. It can also reduce errors and miscalculation problems while enjoying 20 per cent more productivity.

The 10-year-old ready-made pavilion company produces various styles of wooden pavilion, which can be located in gardens, parks, club houses and riverside venues.

Chanin said lowering the error rate allowed the company to reach international standards which require manufacturers to calculate wood-cutting as fine as one millimeter for ready-made pavilion products.

"We have reduced cutting errors by about 50 per cent," Chanin said.

Reaching international standards, having more accuracy, and producing better quality products gives the pavilion-maker a competitive advantage in the worldwide market. Even though the company now has only 20 per cent of total revenue coming from exports, with its improved manufacturing processes it hopes in the long term to generate a greater proportion of revenue from this area.

Technology is now playing an important role in Sala-Tanum's manufacturing processes. In the three years since adopting technology, the company has improved its time to market, launching all its new pavilion products much faster.
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Articled by Asina Pornwasin
Published in The Nation Special Issue
2003


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